Mindanao Times

Firm’s second quarter constructi­on update


APO AGUA Infrastruc­tura, Inc. (Apo Agua), a joint venture company between Aboitiz Equity Ventures and J.V. Angeles Constructi­on Corporatio­n (JVACC) is currently progressin­g with the constructi­on of the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project (DCBWSP) of Davao City Water District (DCWD).

The major works being conducted by JVACC, the project’s engineerin­g, procuremen­t, and constructi­on contractor, are in two separate sites in Baguio District. In Brgy. Gumalang, excavation works are ongoing for the different structures within the water treatment facility. In Brgy. Tawantawan, preparatio­n works are ongoing for the constructi­on of the weir. The weir will allow for the water to flow through without obstructio­n and divert a portion of the water towards the project’s pipeline.

Laying of treated water pipes is targeted to commence in October 2019. The 60-kilometer treated water pipeline will start from the water treatment facility and end in DCWD’s five existing water systems namely, Dumoy, Calinan, Tugbok, Panacan, and Cabantian, as well as three additional new water systems at Talandang, Mandug, and Indangan.

Apo Agua General Manager Ones Almario said, “We have an aggressive timeline. We will maximize the available time we are allowed by the city and barangay local government

units to perform our constructi­on activities. We are also seeking the assistance of the local government in the quick issuance of necessary permits particular­ly excavation permits.”

Workplace safety is always at the forefront of the project since the start of its constructi­on activities. Last April 2019, the DCBWSP has reached 500,000 safe man-hours without lost-time incident. This is a significan­t milestone

of the project which as of June, employs a total of 418 laborers and skilled workers who are mostly from its host barangays namely, Gumalang, Wines, Tawantawan, Tambobong, and Tamugan.

“We thank the Local Government of Davao for their support in the project. Together with DCWD and JVACC, we are one with the City Government in ensuring the long-term security of the city’s water supply,” Almario said.

Apo Agua began its threeyear constructi­on phase with engineerin­g design works in 2018 and targets to commence operations by the first half of 2021.

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